With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next week, we’ve been looking for helpful resources for our Reformed folk—and we found one that we think some of you will enjoy greatly. The Reformed Expository Commentary Series is edited by Richard Phillips and and Phillip Ryken: two Reformed pastors dedicated to Christ-centered preaching paired with a vigorously Reformed doctrinal stance.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
Phillips and Ryken were both proteges of James Montogomery Boice. Sound familiar? Not too long ago we had the Boice Expositional Commentary Series on sale. Boice’s commentary set contains 27 volumes—that man knew how to write!
So, when Phillips and Ryken decided to produce their own commentary set, it was very important to them that they didn’t simply copy Boice. They wanted to make sure that their resource would be fulfilling a need.
A COMMENTARY THAT ANSWERS A NEED (OR 3)
Here are three needs that Phillips and Ryken want to fill:
1. There a few commentaries that extend from exegesis into exposition (answering technical questions while also applying the passage)
- But this commentary set proclaims, explains, and applies the whole text within each set—perfect for sermons and Bible lessons
- It also includes information on exegesis, text criticism, theology, and historical studies, but it shares the information in a way that can be used directly in a sermon
2. There are even fewer commentaries that teach a Christ-centered message that reflects Reformed doctrinal stances
- But this commentary is consistently using a Christ-centered message is every passage of Scripture
- And it is also staunchly Reformed, relying on the Westminster Confessions heavily
3. And lastly, barely any commentaries give real examples of their teaching being used in the pulpit
- But this commentary organized as transcripts of sermons used by the authors—they were required to preach anything they included in this set!
- And the information is so applicable, that even the editors continue to use this resource for their daily devotions
Most of this information was gathered from an interview conducted by Tim Challies, which can be viewed here.
BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?
First, we have to let you know that this resource works with the Resource Guide. If you’re in a passage of the Bible that this commentary references, our app will let you know. Just tap on “Reformed Expository Commentary” to access the information in the split-window.
Here’s what I found! The beginning of this sermon starts with an attention-getter, referencing The Lord of the Rings (automatic bonus points!). Then, it transitions into explaining how we can believe the miracles presented in the Bible and an explanation of the passage. Click on the images to see them enlarged.
Interested in Reformed theology, sermons, and Christ-centered teaching? Learn more about the The Reformed Expository Commentary Series by visiting our website.